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Hi I'm Kelly

I'm a people person. I'm a food person. I'm a California driver and a hairstylist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm single and working as a waitress to put myself through hair school. So I can then do hair to put myself through the rest of college. It's the never-ending student life. I moved to the Portland area after serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ in Oakland, CA. I've moved a few places in my short life time, and it's always a lovely adventure. Because I love seeing new places. I love meeting new people, and especially making friends. The incredible scope of different personalities and different ways of thinking will probably never get old for me. It's my ongoing study of human potential. I love art in many forms, I love sunshine and the ocean, and I love, love, love exploring food. I'm a foodie for sure, but an increasingly healthy one. Oh, and I have 2 dogs. A giant one and a tiny one. Love them. (If you want to know more about my experiences with faith, or have any questions, feel free to follow me on FB. Send me a message!)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. However, it was definitely not a picture-perfect Christian home. So many things challenged my sense of self-worth and self-image and especially my understanding of family. But even as I struggled in an unhealthy environment, I think I always had a pretty keen sense of the reality of my Heavenly Father and His attention to me. I don't know if that's the same or different than other people, but I remember that my awareness of God definitely had an influence on my choices. I found by experience that when I chose those things that I felt God hinting at, I ended up being pretty safe and happy. And I was usually blessed with more doors and windows opening too. This was a pattern to my liking. So as I grew and recognized this pattern, I began to learn more about Christ's Atonement. About how Christ's sacrifice made it possible for me to rise above my challenges and my mistakes. It began to make more sense to me as I kept the commandments better and read the Book of Mormon with more investment, seeking for direction. I always found it. I found out by experience that God guides not only me, but whoever will listen. His love and guidance in my life mean everything. I love my Heavenly Father and I am so grateful for the protection He's given me and for the healing power and the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. There's a prophet on earth today to help us understand that sacrifice and come to Christ. That's why I'm Mormon. Because Christ lives and leads us today, giving us hope for happy lives here and with our families for eternity.

How I live my faith

Right now I get to attend a singles' ward: a congregation made up entirely of young, single adults between 18 and 30. Being one myself, it's a pretty great fit. I love it because not only is it an incredible spiritual support system, but it's an automatic social network! And you know how I love meeting people. There are all sorts of activities happening through the week. Some are official activities put on by the ward, but a lot of them are just started a group of people getting together! It's a mini miracle to me. I love being involved both socially and spiritually with the people here. I get to be involved in the lives of all the women in our congregation. I was asked, or "called", to spend a little extra time on the welfare of the girls in this ward. Physically, financially, emotionally, it all matters. But especially spiritually. It's a huge blessing in my life! I'm still growing, changing and learning, but I also get the extra blessing of seeing and helping others to grow, change and learn. What greater cause is there?

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Something that I always am amazed by and want to learn more about is the Human Body. Our bodies are incredible gifts from our Heavenly Father. He wants us to take care of ourselves, to stay strong both physically and mentally. That's why He revealed the Word of Wisdom to Joseph Smith--it's a law of health that helps us to do just that. God has directed us not to take certain things into our bodies: tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea and other illegal drugs. Those things are not only physically harmful, but they also weaken our spiritual sensitivity. The Word of Wisdom also advises us on how to eat and live in a healthy way, like encouraging lots of grains while being more sparing on the meat intake. Those are things that weren't understood scientifically back in the day that this law was revealed, but those that kept it in faith were blessed not only with health, but with spiritual blessings as well. Even today while the advances of health and science are finding out about how to take care of our bodies, we still don't understand it all scientifically. But that's okay because God does. And He blesses everyone who's willing to test out His promises. Show more Show less